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Brushing up for exams means Dentistry graduates are all-white

Published on 17 June 2024

Staff and students from the University of Dundee’s School of Dentistry have plenty to smile about as they prepare to take part in a rare academic tradition.

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Dean of Dentistry, Professor Philip Preshaw, is presented with the white gloves by some of this year's cohort of graduates.

None of this year’s graduating class are down in the mouth, with every final-year Dental and Dental Therapy student having passed their exams at the first attempt.

When such a success occurs, the Dean of the School is presented with a pair of white gloves on behalf of the graduating class, part of a long-standing tradition in the field. It is the first white glove year at Dundee since 2019 and only the seventh time since the turn of the century.

It will also be the first such presentation for the current Dean, Professor Philip Preshaw, who joined Dundee in 2021, and follows on from last month’s success where the School was named top in the UK for Dentistry by the Complete University Guide for the second consecutive year.

Philip said, “The presentation of white gloves is a tremendous honour for a Dean, but it is ultimately testament to the hard work and abilities of the students and staff of the School of Dentistry.

“Traditions such as this are part of what makes this field of study so wonderful to be a part of and the presentation will act as a reminder of a truly exceptional year.

“Just last month we were named the top university for Dentistry in the UK for the second consecutive year. Having a white glove year on top of that achievement further demonstrates why we are the best at what we do.

“On behalf of the entire School of Dentistry, I wish our new graduates the very best of success in their careers.”

This year’s Dentistry and Dental Therapy graduates will form part of four days of celebration at the Caird Hall, where thousands of students will cross the famous stage to collect their qualifications. Ceremonies commence on the morning of Tuesday 18 June, concluding on the afternoon of Friday 21 June.


Jonathan Watson

Senior Press Officer

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